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Resources by State: Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Resources and information on Massachusetts's response to COVID-19, including guidance and directives, hotlines, and information on cases in the state.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
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FY 2020: HRSA's Rural Health Grants – Massachusetts Fact Sheet
HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy investments in Massachusetts in Fiscal Year 2020. Lists grant and cooperative agreement recipients, award amounts, award recipient locations, and congressional district.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Telebehavioral Health: An Effective Alternative to In-Person Care
Issue brief discussing telehealth treatment modalities based on a 2019 review of clinical outcomes related to telebehavioral health. Covers three state-level approaches: the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center Rural Telemental Health Program (VA RTMH), which serves rural Oregon veterans, and Medicaid policies in Texas and Massachusetts. Addresses telebehavioral health policy details, implementation, and considerations for states looking to develop new telebehavioral health policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Author(s): Brittany Lazur, Lily Sobolik, Valerie King
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
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Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association - COVID-19
Features resources pertaining to COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Presents information, frequently asked questions, provider toolkits, and best practices for hospitals.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Massachusetts
Shows the state's Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), as well as Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Evaluation of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model: Third Annual Report
Evaluates the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, which tests the impact of providing financial incentives to home health agencies in nine states: Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington. Reports on the experiences of home health agencies and patients through 2018, the third performance year of the HHVBP Model and the first year that agencies in the HHVBP states received a payment adjustment. Examines the impacts of the HHVBP Model on healthcare utilization, Medicare expenditures, quality of care, and patient experience. Discusses rural access to high-quality home health agencies and social determinants of health in rural areas.
Author(s): Alyssa Pozniak, Marc Turenne, Eric Lammers, et al.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Addressing Opioid Use in Rural Communities: Examples from Critical Access Hospitals
Highlights strategies adopted by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to combat opioid use in their communities. Describes lessons learned from the featured CAHs regarding the development and implementation of projects targeting opioid use. Identifies ways that State Flex Programs and State Offices of Rural Health can support the efforts of CAHs in addressing opioid use in their communities. Provides list of opioid-related resources for CAHs and State Flex Programs.
Author(s): John Gale, Sara Kahn-Troster, Karen Pearson, Nathan First
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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A Public Health Emergency: State Efforts to Curb the Opioid Crisis
Presents the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the outcomes of public health efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Features testimony from representatives of the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee
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Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development Annual Report 2019
Highlights the accomplishments of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development for 2019. Covers outreach and research initiatives on multiple topics such as rural economic development, food systems, and mental health.
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development
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Community Health Worker Roles and Responsibilities in Rural and Urban America
Results of a study to explore community health worker (CHW) roles and responsibilities, the growing professionalization of the field, and interactions between CHWs and other healthcare providers. Uses data obtained from focus groups conducted in Florida, Minnesota, California, and Massachusetts. Provides an in-depth look at the differences between CHW work in rural and urban areas, and offers insights to support continued growth of the field.
Author(s): Timothy H. Callaghan, David J. Washburn, Cason D. Schmit, et al.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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